Ever wish you had more time to cover more topics in your homeschool? Things like Spanish, watercoloring painting, creative writing, or one of those mini units you got in a mega bundle last year?
Well, I’m here to tell you, you can! Have you heard of loop scheduling? Loop scheduling is one of my favorite homeschool time management hacks. Why? Because you can cover so much ground and not lose your sanity.
Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
WHAT IS LOOP SCHEDULING?
Simply put, loop scheduling is rotating through a list of subjects or topics that you want to cover in your homeschool.
These subjects might include (but are not limited to) unit studies, mini units, history, science, art, handicraft, foreign language, or extra reading. (Typically, the core subjects like math and language arts are not included in this list.)
Once you have your list, you set a schedule of rotation and work through your list, covering all the topics you want to with your kids.
Pretty amazing right?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LOOP SCHEDULING?
I love that loop scheduling allows you to cover so much ground with your kids, and that it breaks up the mundane time blocks. BUT the real magic in a loop schedule is the mental ease of not feeling behind.
When you schedule subjects by blocks, you feel tied to that time. For example, if you are scheduled to do science everyday at 3pm you are going to feel the pressure of having to make up that time if something else comes up and you end up not getting it done.
On the other hand, the loop schedule gives you grace. If your routine didn’t go as planned for the day, simply start back the next day on the loop-list wherever you left off.
HOW TO CREATE A LOOP SCHEDULE?
Write down a list of the subjects you want to cover. These could include: science, history, poetry, music, art, foreign language, character training, unit study, copy work, crafts, or nature study.
Decide how many subjects on your loop schedule you would like to cover every day. To begin with, choose a reasonable number of subjects (1-3).(Don’t worry, you can adjust this number as you go.)
Set aside a time every day to accomplish your loop subject(s) for the day. For example, everyday after lunch, you plan to complete two subjects from your list. Then, the following day, you complete the next two subjects on your list, and so on…continually working through your list. The best part is, if you miss your loop subject for the day, you can just pick up where you left off the next day.
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Jessica is an author, educator, and homeschool mom. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three kids. With family and faith as her top priorities, Jessicas seeks to inspire moms and teachers with fun, creative, and useful ideas.